Peter Evans, a jazz/blues artist from metropolitan Philadelphia, has a lifetime history as a musician, studying initially with Philadelphia Folksong Society co-founder George Britton in the 1960’s. Peter has maintained his love of the music as an a cappella singer for the past 35 years, including performing with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, for whom he has served as musical director.
Peter’s most recent recording, “Clockworks” resulted from four days of songwriting in Venice Beach and Downtown LA co-writing with Drew Nugent, Shayna Zaid and Cynthia Carle. With Evans as the project curator, the quartet moved as the way opened. Fortunately, there were many openings, moments of growth and discovery, and a purposeful repurposing of music from the swing era of the 1920’s and 1930’s into an exuberant “neo-Swing” for the early 21st Century. Percussionist, Michael Jerome added his magic bonding sauce to the mix during two recording sessions at Votiv Studios with Phil Galloni, newly arrived from Wisconsin, at the controls.
Peter released another EP, Miss Nomer’s Number, in September, 2015. Produced in conjunction with Bradley Kohn and recorded in Los Angeles and Philadelphia with Michael Jerome (percussion), Alfred Goodrich (cello), Jeffrey Radaich (guitars), and Richard Hardy (flutes, saxophones) the record is a refreshing celebration of gypsy jazz, folk, blues and pop elements, which creates a cohesive and exciting blend of modern jazz music. The album includes You Tube fan favorites “Dancing Shoes” and “Lie, Cheat and Steal” which both feature the vocal work of ARORA (Bioluminescence -2014). “Working in LA for the first time was completely eye-opening. Every studio player was well prepared, collaborative, creative, and virtuosic. It was like making the leap from driving a Toyota to racing Lambo”.
Jerry Gordon, founder of Evidence Records assesses Peter’s songs on the “Cricket” CD (2010) as clever, funny, well structured, innovative, cleverly arranged, chock-full of fabulous background vocals as well as terrific (and surprisingly different!) lead vocals.“ Don Gooding, founder of acappella.com and Hot Lips Records warned Peter that he was having “way too much fun” in recording the music for “Cricket”. 2009 Kerrville Folk Award Winner Louise Mosrie says the CD keeps cracking her up and that Peter has a “funky sense of humor”.